Preparing for the American ice age (part 2 of infinity)
This is the second and latest installment in an ongoing series exploring how Americans can adjust, cope, and survive best with a prolonged period of ideological domination by the left.
Given the last eight years under President Obama, Hillary Clinton’s decades-long embrace of the moderate left and the alarming popularity of Senator Bernie Sanders among our youngest voters, the trend lines are strong and may not be reversible absent a “black swan” event. These trends were starting even during Bush 43 – possibly they’ve been consistent for decades. The Reagan “Morning In America” era increasingly looks like America’s cultural “dead cat bounce;” the outlier in the last fifty years.
So what does America (or shall we write it now as “Amerika?” – with apologies to the ABC miniseries in 1987 about a Soviet-occupied United States) face over the next few years or generations? And if you don’t have dual citizenship, a private jet, and lots of friends in high places in other countries, what do you do?
The profound shift is perhaps least apparent, but most dramatic, in the psychological arena. Our cultural opinions have shifted as Americans undergo a psychological divide. We have two Americas: The happy and well-adjusted. And the unhappy, maladjusted, and – don’t be surprised by this – over medicated.
Half of America falls in love, gets married, has kids, and generally works in a variety of occupations which afford the creature comforts of “middle class” America. The other half is socially disconnected and takes out its primal rage.
Here is my distinct message: This is far, far from politics. This hysteria is not driven by politics. It is driven by deeper and darker psychological forces. The sense of alienation which grows from a sense (that is, one’s perception if not the reality) of rejection. Envy, jealousy and a desire to destroy what one doesn’t have (or can’t have) are outgrowths of this core darkness.
This election season is showing how the alt-right, the Trump supporters, often possess the same psychological markers that their supposed opponents with Occupy Wall Street on their resumes have. Ignore the chants and the drums, and is there really a difference?
Guess which group is fertile soil for despots, malevolents, and the shucksters who would promise you a free lunch and give the bill to the ones you hate? Now, here is the overarching cause for worry. Every major American institution is catering to this angry loser class.
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team’s goalkeeper, Hope Solo, calls her opponents “cowards” after a defeat. The fear of outrage – from corners unknown – results in a six-month suspension. For one word that you actually can say on TV! Careers are being ruined, or at least hitting a new ceiling, as the forces of political correctness assert their way.
Everything, it seems, boils down to an effort by some to exert dominion over others based on their status, stature, skin color or gender. A transgender former Olympian becomes Woman Of The Year. But married white Christian fathers who own homes or businesses are cowed into submission and silence under threat of economic reprisal.
America and Americans have been revealed as weak, spineless, and gutless. We have allowed its unsuccessful – its failures in life – to set the agenda and set the rules of engagement. We – that’s right, “we” – the Americans who have achieved something beyond graduating high school have allowed failure to become a sacrament, and success to become a cause for shame. This alone may explain the Trump phenomenon. It’s not about what he says, what he does, or what color his hair is today. It’s that he is willing to be politically incorrect; to premeditatedly offend and simply to declare “I am a success.” And if you don’t like it, you can go to hell and don’t let the door hit you on the way down.
A lot of Americans have been fed up with being mocked by our culture – our opinion leaders – in just about every field. They’re fed up with feeding the hands which bite them. Culture is downstream from psychology. Americans may be a messed-up people. But is it too late to fix our androgynous and nihilistic society?
The really dark revelation about the Trump campaign is not the alt-right. That’s dark, for sure, but it isn’t the worst. The truly worst revelation is that too many Americans value comfort over everything else, and are all too willing to sell their souls and their principles, for a good job. They’re willing to collaborate in the occupation and domination of the American society by the losers and the malcontents, the sycophants, and the con artists.
Too many of us – our neighbors, our friends, our families even – are willing (heck, they’re eager) to watch America decline; to watch our standards of behavior and morality get smashed. It’s not about the economy, it’s not about taxes, or the Middle East, or even about terrorism. It’s about our refusal and our cowardice to stand up to domestic cultural and social losers who have nothing but big mouths and a bravado that evidences that they’ve got nothing, and nothing left to lose.
Is it any surprise, then, that if we’re too scared to confront these relatively weak forces at home, that we’re just useless at anything else?
America is not eroding anymore. These dark forces are metastasizing, evolving and devolving faster than we can imagine, and perhaps faster than we can perceive. And we are weak. We are not fighting. We are not calling this enemy by its name.
And it’s turning us into Amerika.